8 Science-Based Health Benefits Of Meditation You Didn’t Know About

This post has been reviewed for accuracy by Amy Takken, RN.

woman meditating on the beach | 8 Science-Based Health Benefits Of Meditation You Didn’t Know About | Masterpiece Skin Restoration

This is a guest post by Rhys McKay.

From the outside looking in, meditation doesn’t look like much.

However, meditation is so much more than just sitting quietly for a few minutes at a time. It’s about focusing your energies, breathing more mindfully, and clearing your thoughts.

The practice dates back thousands of years, but modern medicine has done hundreds of studies to back up meditation’s vast array of health benefits. Here are 8 of the best health benefits you can enjoy with regular meditation - backed by scientific evidence.

#1  Meditation Increases Your Life Expectancy

A study by the American Heart Association discovered that people who meditated could live longer than those who didn’t. Those who practiced meditation were less likely to suffer from fatal diseases or heart conditions, extending their lifespan beyond what was expected.

A separate study conducted at the University of California-Davis also concluded that meditation practitioners also had higher levels of telomerase which repairs the end structures (telomeres) of our chromosomes. As we age, the telomeres become shorter and less effective, which scientists believe causes aging.

#2  Meditation Gives You Better Sleep

While technological innovations like cable TV, mobile phones, and the internet have bettered our lives in so many ways, they’ve also added to the number of things that can distract us and keep us up at night.

Statistics show that about 30% of adults in the U.S. suffer from short term insomnia. 10% of us experience long term difficulty falling or staying asleep. We can trace a lot of physical and mental health problems to a lack of sleep, such as weight gain, heart disease, and depression, so it’s important to get enough sleep every night.

Meditation has been shown to help people fall asleep faster and get higher-quality sleep. Doing this daily helps you practice clearing your thoughts and going into a relaxed, peaceful state of mind before bed.

#3  Meditation Boosts Your Immune System & Keeps You Healthy

There’s more to modern medicine than hospitals, pills, and other medical procedures. Scientists have recently confirmed what meditation practitioners have known for years: meditating regularly can protect you against diseases and strengthen your immune system.

This study found that the participants who meditated produced more antibodies than those who didn’t. Another study also determined that mindful meditation and breathing could reduce stress-related immune responses.

Meditation has been proven to be an effective preventive and treatment practice to fight against a multitude of brain and heart diseases. It can even help slow down the progression of HIV.

#4  Meditation Reduces Stress, Anxiety, And Depression

Stress affects all of us in many different, negative ways. We spend a lot of time combatting and preventing the effects of stress from overwhelming us. Stress relief is actually the most commonly cited reason for people trying out meditation in the first place.

Research has proven that meditation reduces stress-related inflammation and promotes a more positive mood. This was found to be the case whether the participant was neurotypical or non-neurotypical. This means that it doesn’t matter if you have diagnosed anxiety/depression or not, you can still benefit from incorporating meditation into your daily routine.

#5  Meditation Helps With Memory Loss

Do you have problems with remembering things, whether its due to age, disease, or just simple forgetfulness? Regular sessions of meditation can help sharpen your mind.

Over a dozen studies suggest that different kinds of meditation can boost attention span, improve mental clarity, and enhance mental quickness in older patients. Another set of researchers agreed that it may help fight age and disease-related memory loss, such as with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Even if you are young and healthy, taking some time to meditate throughout the day can still improve your mental acuity and prevent memory loss further down the line.

#6  Meditation Lowers Your Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is the culprit behind a myriad of health problems. It’s been linked to strokes, heart attacks, and generally poor heart function.

Thankfully, meditation benefits you and your heart. Even just by focusing on deep breathing, you can your reduce blood pressure by an average of five points, according to this study. Researchers believe this is because meditating can relax the heart and reduce tension in the blood vessels, allowing for better blood circulation. Effects are immediate but can also build up over time to prevent heart disease in the long run.

Person sitting and practicing meditation | 11 Science-Based Health Benefits Of Meditation You Didn’t Know About | Masterpiece Skin Restoration

#7  Meditation Combats Addiction

Addiction is both a physical and mental affliction. When someone is addicted—whether it’s to cigarettes, alcohol, video games, or anything else—they find it harder to control their cravings and avoid making impulsive decisions.

One study found that smokers who practiced mindfulness for a week were more likely to quit smoking when compared to those who did not. Out of those who did quit, 31% of the meditation group remained smoke-free after 17 weeks compared to 6% of the control group.

Meditation can help with all kinds of addiction because it allows people to take control over their thoughts and emotions. This gives them the self-awareness and willpower to avoid indulging in addictive behavior.

#8  Meditation Helps to Regulate Pain

Many people think pain happens in your body, but actually, pain happens in the mind! When you stub your toe or accidentally close the door on your hand, your nerve endings send a signal to your brain. Your brain interprets the signal as pain and causes that part to hurt.

The next time you’re in pain, try meditating. Science says that not only will you redirect your attention away from the pain you’re feeling, but you’ll also feel less pain overall. Researchers monitored participants under an MRI and discovered that those who meditated had increased activity in the parts of their brain that are known for pain control.

Other studies also support that meditating can reduce pain long-term for both people with terminal illnesses as well as with those who experience pain intermittently.

Meditate Your Way To A Healthier You!

If you want to take care of your body, mind, soul, and spirit, meditation is a great way to do so. There are so many benefits to meditation that are backed up by research. The best part? You can do it anywhere, it’s free, and there are absolutely no negative side effects.

Rhys McKay | 8 Science-Based Health Benefits Of Meditation You Didn’t Know About | Masterpiece Skin Restoration

Rhys McKay is an SEO Copywriter & Content Strategist from North Perth, Western Australia. He understands the subtle nuances and tone that can make or break great copy. And Rhys is able to integrate keywords naturally, so your content doesn’t end up sounding like some barely comprehensible Google Translation. Contact him on FaceBook.

Rhys started an SEO Copywriting Facebook Group. Join here!

You might also be interested in learning more about liquid facelifts and how they compare to surgical facelifts. And be sure to check our our posts on Nail Salon Safety and Light Spots & Hypopigmentation - 9 Ways to Fix Them.

Masterpiece Skin Restoration is your online resource for all things medical aesthetics, skincare, beauty and wellness. We keep you up to date on leading edge technology and the services available to help you restore your natural beauty.

We have all the information you need to restore your skin!

If you like this post, you'll LOVE these:


https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1161/circoutcomes.112.967406 Stress Reduction in the Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease | Randomized, Controlled Trial of Transcendental Meditation and Health Education in Blacks



https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26390335  The value of mindfulness meditation in the treatment of insomnia.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12883106  Alterations in brain and immune function produced by mindfulness meditation.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080724215644.htm  Effect of compassion meditation on neuroendocrine, innate immune and behavioral responses to psychosocial stress

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080724215644.htm  Mindfulness Meditation Slows Progression Of HIV, Study Suggests

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0889159112004758  A comparison of mindfulness-based stress reduction and an active control in modulation of neurogenic inflammation

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24107199  Effects of the transcendental meditation technique on trait anxiety: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24571182  The potential effects of meditation on age-related cognitive decline: a systematic review.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26445019  Stress, Meditation, and Alzheimer's Disease Prevention: Where The Evidence Stands.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318716.php  Fifteen natural ways to lower your blood pressure

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3191261/  Mindfulness Training for smoking cessation: results from a randomized controlled trial

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25354470  A review on how meditation could be used to comfort the terminally ill.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24395196  Meditation programs for psychological stress and well-being: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16231755  How does deep breathing affect office blood pressure and pulse rate?


The Information provided on our website is not medical advice and should not be viewed as such. By law, only a medical doctor can diagnose or give medical advice. As a registered nurse, my goal is to educate, so I provide information on skin care, skin care products, and skin care treatments. If you have any condition that concerns you, please see a medical doctor. While most skin conditions are benign, some - like melanoma - can be deadly. If there is any doubt, please, please consult your physician. Thank you!


Scroll to Top